Summary

Australia
1942 (AD)
Mint: Angus & Coote
Other Details: Silver medal issued to commemorate the centenary of Sydney's incorporation in 1942. It names Stanley S. Crick as Lord Mayor and Roy Hendy as Town Clerk. In the 1830s Sydney's growing population increased the need for local government. In 1840 Governor Gipps introduced a bill to the Legislative Council to establish municipal institutions in New South Wales. On 20 July 1842 an Act (6 Vic.No 3) was passed 'to declare the town of Sydney to be a city and to incorporate the inhabitants thereof'. Some 3,000 adult males were eligible to vote at the first municipal election. There were to be six wards with four Councillors per ward. Each had to hold property worth £1000. The election results were declared on 3 November 1842, and local merchant and contractor, John Hosking, was elected as the first elected Mayor of Sydney. In an inauspicious beginning for the Council, however, he had to resign less than a year later when he went bankrupt in the financial depression of the early 1840s.

Physical Description

Silver medal of 1942 commemorating the centenary of Sydney being declared a town. Edge Engraved: MELBOURNE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, MELBOURNE THE.MUNICIPAL.COUNCIL.OF.SYDNEY./1842/ANGUS & COOTE/SYDNEY Aborigine l., European r., holding a shield btwn them (obverse) 1842 1942/THIS MEDALLION WAS STRUCK BY/THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF SYDNEY/ etc(reverse)

Obverse Description

Arms of Sydney with anchor surmounted by star with shaft through crown and supported by Aboriginal male standing facing on left side, and European male settler standing facing on right. Around on broad rim, THE . MUNICIPAL . COUNCIL . OF . SYDNEY . 1842 . In small letters below Arms, ANGUS & COOTE/SYDNEY

Reverse Description

Anchor surmounted by star with shaft through crown between the dates 1842 1942 Below, THIS MEDALLION WAS STRUCK BY / THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF SYDNEY / TO COMMEMORATE THE / 100TH. ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION / OF THE TOWN OF SYDNEY AS A CITY, AND / THE INCORPORATION OF THE INHABITANTS / THEREOF. / 20TH. JULY, 1942. / STANLEY S. CRICK, LORD MAYOR / ROY HENDY, TOWN CLERK / ...

Edge Description

Engraved: MELBOURNE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, MELBOURNE.

Significance

Source of Object Summary information: City of Sydney web site http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/hs_chos_hoc_municipal_beginnings.asp. -D. Tout-Smith 16/3/2004.

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